Dear Sweet Pea

by Julie Murphy

Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco wasn’t sure what to expect when her parents announced they were getting a divorce.  She never could have imagined that they would have the “brilliant” idea of living in nearly identical houses on the same street.  In the one house between them lives their eccentric neighbor Miss Flora Mae, the famed local advice columnist behind “Miss Flora Mae I?”  

Dividing her time between two homes is not easy.  Then one day, Flora leaves for a trip and asks Sweet Pea to forward her the letters for the column.  Sweet Pea is able to contain her curiosity about them…until she recognizes the handwriting on one of the envelopes.  What she decide to do with that letter sets off a chain of events that will forever change the lives of Sweet Pea DiMarco, her family, and many of the readers of “Miss Flora Mae I?” 

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